Arizona has a fairly diverse energy portfolio, but there is always room for improvement – especially in the solar market! As technology advances, it is becoming increasingly more sensible to invest in newer and more efficient forms of energy. Fossil fuels are an energy production strategy of the past, and it’s time to move toward a more ethical, clean and reliable energy portfolio in our sunny state. Here’s a look at how Arizona’s renewable energy portfolio stacks up:
Nuclear and hydroelectric take the lead in our renewable energy resources, with solar coming in third. Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power plant is the largest in the country, not only in its generation of nuclear power, but also its net generation as a whole. Natural gas makes up almost a third of our total energy production alongside another non-renewable fossil fuel: coal power. Diversifying our energy portfolio is more necessary now than ever.
One of the most vital and accessible resources Arizona can invest in is solar. With over 300 sunny days per year and some of the sunniest cities in the United States, solar is an obvious choice for Arizona. Reliable energy sources are vital to a flourishing community, and homes and businesses will be vital components in achieving clean energy goals. The energy choices we make today will affect us all tomorrow.
Proposition 127, an initiative on November ballots, would require utility companies in the state to get at least 50 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2030. This proposition could be a huge step forward for the future of energy in Arizona, as well as for our people and planet.
As a state, we are able to select our Arizona Corporation Commission, which not only determines the price of the energy we use, but also influences the types of energy the state invests in. Selecting members that put clean, renewable energy in the forefront can foster an ethical and diverse energy portfolio here in Arizona. Please be sure to pay attention to this race and vote in the November 6 General Election. If you missed the debate with all four ACC candidates last night, you can view it here.
Successfully adapting to weather, resource availability and urban growth patterns will rely heavily on the diversity of our electrical grid. Arizona is one of the nation’s top contestants for solar generation, and our state has the ability to generate more solar energy than any other. Your home or business can help create a more sustainable future with the energy solutions you choose today! Click here to get in touch and join the solar movement!